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UR Medicine hospitals taking steps to prevent the spread of the flu

Rochester, N.Y. – UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital and Wilmot Cancer Center are taking precautions when it comes to the flu.

To limit the spread of the illness, they are taking the following measures starting Wednesday, January 18 at noon:

- No visitors under the age of 14 will be allowed in the hospital, with the exception of Maternity units. Visitors under the age of 14 will only be allowed in Maternity units of they are healthy siblings wanting to see healthy newborns.

- No more than two visitors, plus one care giver at any time for each patient.

- People who are ill with flu-like symptoms are asked to not visit hospitalized patients.

“Flu is sometimes a serious illness in someone who’s healthy, but it can be especially dangerous for hospitalized patients with underlying illnesses,” said Paul Graman, M.D., hospital epidemiologist and clinical director of the Infectious Diseases Division at Strong. “We strongly encourage people to wash their hands, get their flu shots, and to contact their doctor if they feel ill.”

Anyone with questions about visiting their loved ones should speak with the patient’s nurse, or call Strong Memorial Hospital’s Infection Prevention office at 585-275-7716.

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